"how much loot can a person snag with one $50 HERO ARTS gift certificate?"
well, i am here to report that the answer to that question is: "quite a lot, actually!!!"
yepper, you see above the fruits of my "fresh face" win from last month. nice, eh?! it took me a while to choose from allllllll the good stuff in the online store, but i managed eventually. i went a leeeeeetle bit over...but then the lovely stef (my mentoress in all things stamp-related) told me about the "blogiversary discount" they were also having at the time...and my bucks went a bit further, even! gotta love HERO ARTS, i say!!! and once again i thank them for their generosity!
anyway, i was dying to play with my swag, and came up with this for a first go using the eiffel tower, which i stamped on a page from a vintage french dictionary, a few bits and bobs later, et voila:
(stamps: hero arts; patterned paper: k&co; kraft cardstock: hobby lobby (thanks, stef!!!); journaling card, stick pin & letter stickers: making memories; clipart bird: anahata katkin; flowers: prima; rub-ons: basic grey & american crafts; other: gems from michaels, vintage millinery pearls from the lovely debb, corrugated cardboard ripped from an old box, colorbox & bazzill inks; adhesives: tombow mono adhesive runner, uhu gluestick, 3m foam tape, gluedots & a bit of scotch tape securing the wired pearls to the back of the journaling card!)
i used a second stamp from this lot on my card, can you spot it? no??! want me to give you a little hint? okey dokey...two words:
these could easily become my new obsession, so lemme just apologize right now, in advance, for their obnoxious over-use on my part!!! but when you ink that houndstooth background up nice & dark... (i used colorbox pigment ink to get realllllllly dark, wet coverage) ...and stamp neatly on some nice flat paper primas... OOH LA LA, mes amies...c'est amour!!!